Review: Cursed by Benedict Jacka

Cursed (Alex Verus #2) by Benedict Jacka
Mass market paperback, 304 pgs.
Published May 29th, 2012 by Ace
Benedict Jacka’s acclaimed Alex Verus series continues with Cursed.

Since his second sight made him infamous for defeating powerful dark mages, Alex has been keeping his head down. But now he’s discovered the resurgence of a forbidden ritual. Someone is harvesting the life-force of magical creatures—destroying them in the process. And draining humans is next on the agenda. Hired to investigate, Alex realizes that not everyone on the Council wants him delving any deeper. Struggling to distinguish ally from enemy, he finds himself the target of those who would risk their own sanity for power…

Cursed is the second novel in the Alex Verus series and one I was really looking forward to.  Alex Verus is such a great character to read about because he feels real in the sense that he’s afraid of things and he’s smart enough to try to stay out of danger, but at the same time he’s not too afraid to jump in when he knows it’s the right thing to do, and he doesn’t let his fear drive his actions.  He’s a fast thinker and uses his ability to see into the future to maximum ability.  This makes him a pretty great mage because of his fast thinking and being able to see what his actions will do makes his final decisions pretty perfect.  
I think I liked this one even better than the first, but that’s really no surprise.  I’m now settled into this world and have a good idea of how things work and how Alex thinks as well as how his abilities work.  Alex definitely shows us a bit more in this one as he struggles with a bit of a romance issue and we get to know more about his relationship with Luna.  
This was a very fast read as it was easy to keep reading it.  There wasn’t anything confusing or overwhelming but it was pretty constant action with just enough downtime to compute everything that was going on.  
If you haven’t yet started this series I highly recommend you do so as you are certainly missing out!
Disclosure:  I received this book for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

I currently have a giveaway going for this one with a guest post by the author.  Be sure to check it out HERE.

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  1. Braine,
    I didn’t even think of that, but good point!

    Yes, you must try it!

    Dazzling Mage,
    I don’t think this series gets near the attention it deserves! It rocks!

  2. Braine,
    I didn’t even think of that, but good point!

    Yes, you must try it!

    Dazzling Mage,
    I don’t think this series gets near the attention it deserves! It rocks!

  3. Perfect now I can get this series for Johnny. I know you read the first one and liked it but now that the second book was even better I really think Johnny will enjoy this one.

    Thanks for the great review and gift idea!

  4. Male author! Male protagonist! 5 beautiful shiny mushrooms! Those are three strikes of awesome for this book’s case — I can’t believe I haven’t heard of this before! I always feel like cheering when the second book is better than the first, and I never thought of it like that before, but I guess it could have a lot to do with the fact that we’re already so used to the world and characters :) That’s definitely cause enough!

    Really awesome review, Candace! :) <3

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